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Evelyn Rodriguez
Interests: My passions include drinking tea, eating seasonal foods from local farms, great literature, art, meeting people, travel, writing from an awakened heart -- or what Buddhists call the soft spot of bodhichitta, strolling in the woods, admiring neighbor's gardens, writing poems in romantic artful cities, philosophy, and Man's quest to answer the 'Big Questions' (why are we here, what is our purpose, who am I, for starters).
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"The only things that concerned the sheep were food and water... They’ve forgotten how to rely on their own instinct, because I lead them to nourishments." - Santiago the shephard boy hero on page 7, The Alchemist In the bestselling... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2014 at Crossroads Dispatches
"Be a light unto yourself; Betake yourselves to no external refuge. Hold fast to the Truth. Look not for refuge to anyone besides yourselves." - Buddha's final words This excerpt from a dialogue between students, former students, parents, teachers with J. Krishnamurti at Brockwood Park, May 15, 1973 later published... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2014 at Footnotes to Crossroads Dispatches
"If you do follow your bliss you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living." -... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2013 at Crossroads Dispatches
I thought I'd write about what appears to be minor blips and glitches in life, and how even those can be cleared through Ho'oponopono too. In addition, they are often interrelated to other seemingly bigger issues where innate harmony and well-being are yearning to be restored. A friend of a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2013 at Ho'oponopono
Hearing (and living) lots of adventure stories lately. Recently regaled with Hamdi Ulukaya's story of growing up milking sheep at his family’s dairy in near the Euphrates River in Turkey. I listened to CEO Ulukaya's tale unfurl into Chobani Yogurt's... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2013 at Crossroads Dispatches
Last night, in the tail end of a dream, I took in an old car into an auto mechanic to tide me over for a short term whilst waiting for my new car on order. (All this is also intriguing as I don't own any car in waking life.) I... Continue reading
Months ago, I walked into a Balinese haven trapped amidst the concrete grittiness of Oakland because it was called Monkey Forest Road and because from afar it seemed to beckon as an oasis. Another fall evening, I was blessed to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2013 at Crossroads Dispatches
Since this blog is about money and prosperity, the idea that there is give and take occurring as distinct events is part and parcel of a concept of two-ness that doesn't actually exist except as a construct. When I say this, I am speaking from direct realization that there is... Continue reading
"Whenever a mind is simple and receives divine wisdom, old things pass away,--means, teachers, texts, temples fall; it lives now, and absorbs past and future into the present hour." - Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance Sharing a short and sweet excerpt... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2012 at Crossroads Dispatches
Really loved the book Rocket Boys, by Homer Hickam Jr. I wanted to save a few excerpts here before I return the book to the library. ------------------------------------------------------- page 71 Rocket Boys "What do you think?" I asked. Quentin shrugged. Neither of us knew how rocket fuel was supposed to burn.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2012 at Footnotes to Crossroads Dispatches
I was all ready to listen to my primary spiritual teacher's live webcast tonight. Instead of a live event being streamed, it was a recording of the recent talk he gave in Oakland (and I was there in person for that one). At the last moment, he had laryngitis and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2012 at Ho'oponopono
I have read and re-read Chinese medicine resources as much of it aligns with symbolism and patterns I've witnessed myself. Below is an excerpt from one resource by Lawrence Michail of Compassionate Dragon Healing that speaks to how the body displays its symbolic patterns of energy that are stuck or... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2012 at Ho'oponopono
"Have wings that feared ever touched the sun? I was born when all I once feared--I could love." - Rabia Last week, I went to see Saul Williams live in San Francisco (hat tip to Kwan Booth, thanks) on his... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2012 at Crossroads Dispatches
Fear and the creative process is and isn't spoken about much. Here's a snippet from a e-letter I wrote a musically-inclined friend today. What the heck, I'll publish it. oh, it's john cage's 100th birthday today (um if he were... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2012 at Crossroads Dispatches
A spiritual mentor of mine mentioned a friend (or student) of hers that was experiencing a lot of financial hardship. Her friend was in jeopardy of losing her home (and she had kids to provide for too). She and several others helped to bail her out, but the dire situations... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2012 at Ho'oponopono
Stumbled across in my research into Medieval Spain, the book The Waning of the Middle Ages by Johan Huizinga. The cool thing about this book is he looks at history from the point of view of the ideals of the period, as evoked by literature and ballads of the time,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2012 at Footnotes to Crossroads Dispatches
I ran across a first edition of a book published in 1937, titled, "High School and You" by Irwin T. Simley, then Superintendent of Schools, South St. Paul, Minnesota. It is edited by Harold C. Hand, professor, School of Education, Stanford University. Connecting the dots, it appears that high school... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2012 at Footnotes to Crossroads Dispatches
A friend scanned and sent me the Reintroduction to the latest edition to Invisible Monsters (named Invisible Monsters Remix) written by Chuck Palahniuk. Palahniuk explains how he was finally able to release Invisible Monsters in the experimental, nonlinear format he originally envisioned. The initial published edition was "hammered" to fit... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2012 at Footnotes to Crossroads Dispatches
I've been carrying around a brochure for Steve & Kate's summer camps for a few weeks now in my purse. I'm not in their target audience, yet it spoke to me loud and clear: "At Steve & Kate's, campers step... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2012 at Crossroads Dispatches
I'm reposting an oldie but goodie today that evokes Independence, at least in my mind. It was originally written on June 28, 2005--nearly seven years ago today. I'm back in San Jose, CA at least for the moment, where this... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2012 at Crossroads Dispatches
I have been paying attention to the symbols, situations and such around my current surroundings while I re-visit the Bay Area, a former home I left in January 2008. Among the recurring themes are folks undergoing lawsuits, handling responsibilities of being caregivers of dementia patients (either as their profession or... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2012 at Ho'oponopono
Revised ARTHere Proposal for MACLA's Peapod Adobe Youth Voices Academy in San Jose, CA. The program is for local youth 13-18 years of age. Title: Quixotic Accelerator Description: Imagine a crossroads of time and space where merchants and sellers from all multiplicities come together to trade. Their voices hark back... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2012 at Footnotes to Crossroads Dispatches
Excerpt from Little Bets: How Breakthrough Ideas Emerge from Small Discoveries by Peter Sims on inquisitiveness and field trips: There is a heavy emphasis at Pixar on doing field research to find creative insights and inspiration. For example, the team that developed the movie Cars went on two trips with... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2012 at Footnotes to Crossroads Dispatches
Re-read Paulo Coelho’s introduction to “The Alchemist” and I am reminded again how much I love it. I'm preparing to facilitate a workshop for Latino urban youth ages 13-18 years old on transmedia storytelling where I am going to encourage them to share their gifts and dreams with the world.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2012 at Footnotes to Crossroads Dispatches
Excerpts on economy and community from the book, "Spontaneous Evolution," by Bruce Lipton and Steve Bhaerman: page 294 "Principle One: Wealth is Well-Being" "In his treatise on human economics, Aristotle wrote that a city originates for the sake of basic survival, but it exists for the sake of living well."... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2012 at Footnotes to Crossroads Dispatches